And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
6 And God said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ 7 So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. 8 God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
Water is constantly moving around the Earth from land and sea to air, and then from clouds back to Earth as rain.
God created and continues to create this cycle of water, which is an amazing feature of our world. Although fresh water covers less than 1% of the earth’s surface, we depend on it for our survival. It also provides the habitat for 10% of the world’s known species.
As you notice water today – when you wash, drink, walk by a local pond, canal, river or beach – pause to thank God for this precious gift which sustains the life of our planet.
Prayer for the week
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
the living water; thirsty one,
stoop down and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.
from “I heard the voice of Jesus say”,
by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
Give thanks for water
Whenever you see or use water today, thank God for this amazing gift we often take for granted.
Reflections from the Church House Publishing booklet #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – A 40-Day Challenge inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (SPCK) are copyright 2020 The Archbishops’ Council and used here with permission. Full details of both resources are available on the Church of England website.
Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.